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Even years later, Twitter doesn’t delete your direct messages

When does “delete” really mean delete? Not always or even at all if you’re Twitter . Twitter retains direct messages for years, including messages you and others have deleted, but also data sent to and from accounts that have been deactivated and suspended, according to security researcher Karan Saini. Saini found years-old messages found in a file from an archive of his data obtained through the website from accounts that were no longer on Twitter. He also filed a similar bug, found a year ea...
Tags: Security, Social, Apps, Twitter, Europe, Technology, Privacy, Law, Tech, Api, Journalist, Operating Systems, Microblogging, General Data Protection Regulation, Saini, Neil Brown


TikTok spotted testing native video ads

TikTok is testing a new ad product: a sponsored video ad that directs users to the advertiser’s website. The test was spotted in the beta version of the U.S. TikTok app, where a video labeled “Sponsored” from the bike retailer Specialized is showing up in the main feed, along with a blue “Lean More” button that directs users to tap to get more information. Presumably, this button could be customized to send users to the advertiser’s website or any other web address, but for the time being it ...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Apps, Video, Advertising Tech, China, Advertising, Tech, Video Ads, Ads, Ad Tech, Native Ads, Bytedance, Tiktok, Disney s Kingdom Hearts


First look at Twitter’s Snapchatty new Camera feature

Twitter has been secretly developing an enhanced camera feature that’s accessible with a swipe from the home screen and allows you to overlay captions on photos, videos, and Live broadcasts before sharing them to the timeline. Twitter is already used by people to post pictures and videos, but as it builds up its profile as a media company, and in the age of Snapchat and Instagram, it is working on the feature in hopes it will get people doing that even more. Described in Twitter’s code as the “N...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Apps, Twitter, Instagram, Tech, Bloomberg, Snapchat, Cnbc, New Twitter, Matt Navarra, Persicope, Jane Manchun Wong


Instagram is now testing a web version of Direct messages

Insta-chat addicts, rejoice. You could soon be trading memes and emojis from your computer. Instagram is internally testing a web version of Instagram Direct messaging that lets people chat without the app. If, or more likely, when this rolls out publicly, users on a desktop or laptop PC or Mac, a non-Android or iPhone, or that access Instagram via a mobile web browser will be able to privately message other Instagrammers. Instagram web DMs was one of the features I called for in a product wi...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Messaging, Tech, Snapchat, Instagram Direct, Given Facebook, Instagrammers Instagram, Jane Manchun Wong, IGTV, Instagram Stories the Facebook, New York Times Mike Isaac Mobile


Reddit confirms $300M Series D led by China’s Tencent at $3B value

Last week TechCrunch reported that Reddit was raising $150 million from Chinese tech giant Tencent and up to $150 million more in a Series D that would value the company at $2.7 billion pre-money or $3 billion post-money. After no-commenting on our scoop, today Reddit confirmed it’s raised $300 million at $3 billion post-money, with $150 million from Tencent. The deal makes for an odd pairing between one of the architects of China’s Great Firewall of censorship and one of America’s most lawle...
Tags: Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Apps, China, Funding, America, Tech, Policy, Xi Jinping, Tencent, Reddit, Fidelity, Conde Nast, Cnbc


Bumble launches Spotlight, its own version of Tinder’s Boost

Bumble, currently Tinder’s biggest rival in the dating app market, today launched its own version of Tinder’s “Boost” feature. On Bumble, it’s being called “Spotlight” and allows users to pay to bump their profile up to the front of the queue, in order to be seen by more people than they would otherwise. Very much like Tinder Boost, the idea here is that getting to the front of the line will allow you to pick up matches more quickly, as you don’t have to wait until users swipe through other prof...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Apps, Tech, Bumble, Match Group, U K Spotlight


Facebook urged to offer an API for political ad transparency research

Facebook has been called upon to provide good faith researchers with an API to enable them to study how political ads are spreading and being amplified on its platform. A coalition of European academics, technologists and human and digital rights groups, led by Mozilla, has signed an open letter to the company demanding far greater transparency about how Facebook’s platform distributes and amplifies political ads ahead of elections to the European parliament which will take place in May. W...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Europe, Transparency, UK, Advertising Tech, Social Media, Tech, Eu, European Union, Ireland, Nick Clegg, United Kingdom, Mozilla, Commission, European Commission


Dating apps face questions over age checks after report exposes child abuse

The UK government has said it could legislate to require age verification checks on users of dating apps, following an investigation into underage use of dating apps published by the Sunday Times yesterday. The newspaper found  more than 30 cases of child rape have been investigated by police related to use of dating apps including Grindr and Tinder since 2015.  It reports that one 13-year-old boy with a profile on the Grindr app was raped or abused by at least 21 men.  The Sunday Times also f...
Tags: Social, Apps, Europe, UK, Instagram, Tinder, Social Media, Tech, Bbc, Policy, Dating, Regulation, United Kingdom, Child Abuse, Dating Apps, Times


Sean Parker’s govtech Brigade breaks up, Pinterest acqhires engineers

Facebook co-founder Sean Parker bankrolled Brigade to get out the vote and stimulate civic debate, but after five years and little progress the startup is splitting up, multiple sources confirm to TechCrunch. We’ve learned that Pinterest has acqhired roughly 20 members of the Brigade engineering team. The rest of Brigade is looking for a potential buyer or partner in the political space to take on the rest of the team plus its tech and product. Brigade CEO Matt Mahan confirmed the fate of ...
Tags: Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Facebook, Apps, Pinterest, California, Government, San Francisco, Tech, Donald Trump, Sean Parker, Exit, Brigade, Causes


Someone could scoop up Slack before it IPOs

Earlier this week, Slack announced that it has filed the paperwork to go public at some point later this year. The big question is, will the company exit into the public markets as expected, or will one of the technology giants swoop in at the last minute with buckets of cash and take them off the market? Slack, which raised over $1 billion on an other worldly $7 billion valuation, is an interesting property. It has managed to grow and be successful while competing with some of the world’s la...
Tags: Social, Fundings & Exits, Cloud, Enterprise, Microsoft, Tech, Cnbc, Slack, Yammer, Jay Yarow, Communications Tools, Microsoft Cisco Facebook Google, Jay Yarrow


Match Group fully acquires relationship-focused app Hinge

Last year, Match Group in the relationship-focused dating app Hinge, in order to diversify its portfolio of dating apps led by Tinder. The company has now confirmed that it fully bought out Hinge in the past quarter, and today owns 100 percent of the app which has been gaining momentum both inside and outside of the U.S. following last year’s deal. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Match believes Hinge can offer an alternative to those who aren’t interested in using casual apps, lik...
Tags: Social, TC, Apps, Europe, New York, London, Australia, Tech, Match, Bumble, Hinge, Match Group, Ginsberg, U S U K Canada, Tinder Ginsberg, Match Group CEO Mandy Ginsberg Hinge


Tech platforms called to support public interest research into mental health impacts

The tech industry has been called on to share data with public sector researchers so the mental health and psychosocial impacts of their service on vulnerable users can be better understood, and also to contribute to funding the necessary independent research over the next ten years. The UK’s chief medical officers have made the call in a setting out advice and guidance for the government about children’s and young people’s screen use. They have also called for the industry to agree a code of ...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Europe, UK, Instagram, Advertising Tech, Bullying, Social Media, Tech, CMO, Mental Health, Abuse, Digital Media, United Kingdom, Photo Sharing, Science and Technology Committee


German antitrust office limits Facebook’s data-gathering

A lengthy antitrust probe into how Facebook gathers data on users has resulted in Germany’s competition watchdog banning the social network giant from combining data on users across its own suite of social platforms without their consent. The investigation of Facebook data-gathering practices began in March 2016. The decision by Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, , also prohibits Facebook from gathering data on users from third party websites — such as via tracking pixels and social plug-ins —...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, Instagram, Privacy, Germany, US, Social Media, Linkedin, Tech, Eu, European Union, Bbc, Snapchat


Facebook’s head of comms hits the road after 8 years at the company

Facebook head of communications Caryn Marooney is leaving for greener pastures, she announced today, on Facebook of course. She joins the growing number of executives and high-level employees departing the company during and after what may be its toughest year. “I spent a lot of time over the winter holiday reflecting, and with the New Year, and after 8 years at Facebook, I’ve decided to step down as leader of the communications group,” Marooney wrote. “I’ve decided it’s time to get back to m...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Social Media, Tech, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Communications, Sheryl Sandberg, Cto, Jan Koum, Alex Stamos, Personnel, Marooney, Dan Rose, Neeraj Arora


Official emoji debut for disabled folks, service dogs, waffles and more

A gaggle of new emoji have just been approved by the Unicode Consortium, meaning they’ll be standard across any platforms that choose to support them. This batch includes some much-needed representation for people with various disabilities, new animals from guide dogs to otters, food and many more objects. Folks with disabilities get a nice variety of new emoji, though of course these aren’t exhaustive (for example, how do you represent a learning disability or mental illness?). Still, Apple’s p...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Social, Mobile, Accessibility, Disability, Emoji, Disabilities, Unicode, Unicode Consortium


Snapchat shares soar as it stops losing users, shrinks losses in Q4

Snapchat isn’t growing again, but at least it didn’t hemorrhage any more users in its Q4 earnings report. The company stayed flat at 186 million daily users after falling from 191 million in Q1 to 188 million in Q2 to 186 million in Q3. It exceeded an expected quarterly count of 184.2 million user, though 186 million is still down 0.3 percent year-over-year. It reached record revenue of $390 million in the holiday quarter, up 36 percent year-over-year to beat the $378 million Wall Street estimat...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Europe, US, Tech, Snapchat, Earnings, Evan Spiegel, Magic Leap, North America, Snap, EBITDA


Snapchat shares soar as it stops losing users and shrinks losses in Q4

Snapchat isn’t growing again, but at least it didn’t hemorrhage any more users in its Q4 earnings report. The company stayed flat at 186 million daily users after falling from 191 million in Q1 to 188 million in Q2 to 186 million in Q3. It exceeded an expected quarterly count of 184.2 million user, though 186 million is still down 0.3 percent year-over-year. It reached record revenue of $390 million in the holiday quarter, up 36 percent year-over-year to beat the $378 million Wall Street estimat...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Europe, Snapchat, Earnings, Evan Spiegel, Magic Leap, North America, EBITDA, Snap Inc, Snapchat earnings, Snapchat earnings q4 2018


Daily Crunch: Facebook lets you unsend recent messages

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. Facebook now lets everyone unsend messages for 10 minutes For up to 10 minutes after sending a Facebook Message, the sender can tap on it and they’ll find the delete button has been replaced by “Remove for you” and “Remove for everyone” options. If you select the latter, recipients will see an alert s...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Japan, Tech, Facebook Messenger, Myanmar, Toyota, Reuters, Ike, Facebook Message, Kinto, Uber Advanced Technologies Group


Reddit is raising a huge round near a $3 billion valuation

Reddit is raising $150 million to $300 million to keep the front page of the Internet running, multiple sources tell TechCrunch. The forthcoming Series D round is said to be led by Chinese tech giant Tencent at a $2.7 billion pre-money valuation. Depending on how much follow-on cash Reddit drums up from Silicon Valley investors and beyond, its post-money valuation could reach an epic $3 billion. As more people seek esoteric community and off-kilter entertainment online, Reddit continues to gr...
Tags: Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Facebook, Apps, China, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Venture Capital, Tencent, Reddit, Silicon Valley, Conde Nast, Sam Altman


Facebook now lets everyone unsend messages for 10 minutes

Facebook has finally made good on its promise to let users unsend chats after TechCrunch discovered Mark Zuckerberg had secretly retracted some of his Facebook Messages from recipients. Today Facebook Messenger globally rolls out “Remove for everyone” to help you pull back typos, poor choices, embarrassing thoughts, or any other message. For up to 10 minutes after sending a Facebook Message, the sender can tap on it and they’ll find the delete button has been replaced by “Remove for you”, but...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Tech, Policy, Facebook Messenger, Sony Pictures, Facebook Messages, Zuckerberg, Mark, Facebook Message, Facebook unsend


Facebook bans four insurgent groups in Myanmar

Facebook is taking action in Myanmar, the Southeast Asian country where the social network has been used to incite racial tension and violence, after it banned four armed groups from its service. The U.S. company said in a blog post that it has booted the rebel and insurgent groups — the Arakan Army (AA), the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), Kachin Independence Army (KIO) and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) — and that “all related praise, support and representation” ...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Asia, China, Tech, Un, Myanmar, Rakhine, Ta'ang National Liberation Army TNLA


Facebook bans four armed groups in Myanmar

Facebook is taking action in Myanmar, the Southeast Asian country where the social network has been used to incite racial tension and violence, after it banned four armed groups from its service. The U.S. company said in a blog post that it has booted the groups — the Arakan Army (AA), the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), Kachin Independence Army (KIO) and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) — and that “all related praise, support and representation” will be removed. The...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Asia, Indonesia, China, Tech, Un, Myanmar, Rakhine, Patrick Winn, Ta'ang National Liberation Army TNLA, Strangely Facebook


Account linking could make Instagram the heir to Facebook Login

Teens’ aversion to Facebook jeopardizes not only the company’s feed ad revenue, but its dominance as an identity provider. The Facebook Login platform keeps people tied to the social network in order to easily access other apps without a separate username and password. But for younger users who ditch or neglect Facebook in favor of Instagram, the tech giant stands to lose one of its most powerful wedges into our lives. Meanwhile, Instagram loyalists are forced to juggle multiple sets of lo...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Tech, Poshmark, Spotify Netflix, Facebook Login, Instagram Account, Ishan Agarwal, Finstagram, Instagram login, Instagram platform


YouTube expands test of its Instagram-like Explore tab to more devices

YouTube is expanding the test of its “Explore” feature, a new discovery tool it first introduced as an experiment within its iPhone app last year. Similar to Instagram’s Explore page, the new YouTube feature aims to introduce users to a diverse set of personalized recommendations so they can more easily find something new to watch. The test is now available across devices, and has been updated to also suggest smaller, up-and-coming YouTube creators, the company says. The changes to Explore we...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Apps, Media, Instagram, Youtube, Tech, Algorithms, Recommendations, Suggestions, Gaming Movies Music Originals


Instagram’s Adam Mosseri to meet UK health secretary over suicide content concerns

The still fresh-in-post boss of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, has been asked to meet the UK’s health secretary, Matt Hancock, to discuss the social media platform’s handling of content that promotes suicide and self harm, the BBC reports. Mosseri’s summons follows an outcry in the UK over disturbing content being recommended to vulnerable users of Instagram, following the suicide of a 14 year old schoolgirl, Molly Russell, who killed herself in 2017. After her death, Molly’s family discovered she ...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Europe, UK, Instagram, Molly, Youtube, Social Media, Tech, Bbc, Artificial Intelligence, Self Harm, United Kingdom, Telegraph


Online platforms still not clear enough about hate speech takedowns: EC

In its latest monitoring report of a voluntary Code of Conduct on illegal hate speech, which platforms including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube signed up to in Europe back in 2016, the European Commission has said progress is being made on speeding up takedowns but tech firms are still lagging when it comes to providing feedback and transparency around their decisions. Tech companies are now assessing 89% of flagged content within 24 hours, with 72% of content deemed to be illegal hate speech bei...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Twitter, Europe, UK, Instagram, Youtube, Germany, Censorship, Social Media, Tech, Eu, European Union, Snapchat, Artificial Intelligence


UPDATE: Snopes quits and AP in talks over Facebook’s fact-checking partnership

Snopes, which recently rebuffed reports that its relationship with Facebook was strained, has stopped working for the program and the Associated Press is in negotiations over its role. Snopes joined Facebook’s group of third-party fact checkers in 2016, at first volunteering its services and the next year accepting a lump $100,000 payment for their work. But the company said in a statement that it’s rethinking providing services like this at all: At this time we are evaluating the ramificatio...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Tech, Ap, Associated Press, Fact Checking, Afp, David Mikkelson, Facebook It, Danny Green, FactCheck, Mikkelson, Snopes


Snopes and AP stop fact checking for Facebook

Two of Facebook’s four fact-checking partners in the U.S. are no longer working for the program: Snopes, which recently rebuffed reports that its relationship with Facebook was strained, and the Associated Press. Both confirmed they are no longer performing fact checking for Facebook, but left open the possibility of future collaboration. Snopes joined Facebook’s group of third-party fact checkers in 2016, at first volunteering its services and the next year accepting a lump $100,000 payment ...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Tech, Ap, Associated Press, Fact Checking, Afp, David Mikkelson, Facebook It, Danny Green, FactCheck, Mikkelson, Snopes


Snopes and AP leave Facebook fact-checking partnership

Two of Facebook’s four fact-checking partners in the U.S. have left the program as of the beginning of this year: Snopes, which recently rebuffed reports that its relationship with Facebook was strained, and the Associated Press. Both confirmed they are leaving the program, but left open the possibility of future collaboration. Snopes joined Facebook’s group of third-party fact checkers in 2016, at first volunteering its services and the next year accepting a lump $100,000 payment for their w...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Tech, Ap, Associated Press, Fact Checking, Afp, David Mikkelson, Facebook It, Danny Green, FactCheck, Mikkelson, Snopes, Associated Press Both


Daily Crunch: Facebook fallout continues

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. We dismantle Facebook’s memo defending its ‘Research’ The fallout continues following TechCrunch reporting about a Facebook app that was paying people to collect a huge swath of data from their phones. For one thing, a new memo from Facebook’s VP of production engineering and security provides more de...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Social, Mobile, Facebook, India, Tech, Facetime, Flipkart, Amazon Web Services, Mary Meeker, Kleiner Perkins, Facebook Google, Danny Crichton, Daily Crunch



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